2 Key Northern Colorado Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Front-End Costs vs. ROI

No doubt about it: replacing your existing HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is an expensive proposition. Front-end costs here in Northern Colorado tend to run anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or above. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other matters have a say in it. So too does the amount of excavation that must be done and what type of ductwork modifications are required. And if you’re having a new home built? It’s not as expensive, generally, but it’ll still cost approximately 40 percent more than a more common HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, you wanted the bad news first. Now, for the good news. To begin with, a number of incentives and rebates may be obtainable at the federal, state and local level to help you bear the installation costs. Second, the energy savings feasible with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will start paying back your initial investment in no time. That means you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But be advised: Local utility rates and the final cost of your installation may delay full repayment for something like 15 years. Since geothermal systems often last for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still come out ahead. You just have to figure out at the start what your finances can withstand … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Offset Worries About Front-End Costs

Allow us to itemize the most consequential benefits:

  • Compared to typical heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could clip as much as 30 to 60 percent off your heating bills. And it could decrease your cooling costs by as much as 20 to 50 percent.
  • Geothermal systems use renewable energy – heat extracted from the ground.
  • Geothermal heat pumps don’t run by combustion, so you’re not bothered by greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, etc.) and you have no fire safety or air quality concerns.
  • Given that no outdoor fans or compressors are needed, geothermal heating and cooling systems are much quieter than typical, run-of-the-mill systems.
  • Since there are so few moving parts and geothermal systems are shielded from the elements, you’re pretty much guaranteed many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may be good for about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Looking for a bit of clarification on any of these issues in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Visit the Northern Colorado geothermal pros at Comfort By Nature. We’re glad to help, regardless of what you decide.